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"U.S. Immigration Policy in the Age of Trump: Do Facts Matter?"

Wayne Cornelius continues the Spring 2017 Public Policy Lecture Series on the theme of Democratic Theory in the Light of Donald Trump.

This lecture will explore the ways in which disinformation (fake or "alternative" facts) shapes public and policy debates over immigration in the United States today. Employing six specific "fact checks," Professor Cornelius draws on data from his own fieldwork-based research on Mexican migration to the United States and the empirical work of other social scientists to illustrate the chasm between claims made by anti-immigrant politicians/advocacy groups and the reality documented by academic research. He will also discuss the serious human consequences of immigration policy choices that are not informed by evidence.  

Wayne Cornelius is the Theodore Gildred Distinguished Professor of Political Science and U.S.-Mexican Relations, emeritus, at the University of California-San Diego. He is also director emeritus of UC San Diego's Mexican Migration Field Research and Training Program and the recipient of the Aguila Azteca, Mexico's highest award for foreign nationals, in recognition of his lifetime contributions to U.S.-Mexican relations and understanding of Mexican immigration. He is the author of more than 300 publications on Mexican politics, development, and migration to the United States. He is now a Portland resident. 

Free and open to the public.
Sponsored by the Munk-Darling Lecture Fund in International Relations.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Psychology, Psy auditorium (Psy 105)
3203 Southeast Woodstock Boulevard, Portland, Oregon 97202-8199

Event Type



Faculty & Staff, Students, General Public


Political Science


Public Policy Lecture Series
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